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Do I Have An Infected Tooth?

Suspect an Infection? We Can Help.

An infected tooth is a serious oral health issue, and requires immediate attention. If left untreated, an infected tooth may have to be removed entirely. These infections can also spread to other areas of the head and neck causing serious complications if not tended to quickly. If you suspect that you have an infected tooth, it is important to get help from the team at ONE ENDO. Come see us today, and get the help you need to preserve your tooth and restore your oral health.

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The Importance of Treating Infected Teeth

Tooth infections happen when the outer layers of enamel and dentin that protect your teeth are damaged or destroyed, exposing the vulnerable pulp inside of your tooth to oral bacteria.

Treating infected teeth is absolutely essential for your oral health. Without endodontic treatment for an infected tooth, your condition will only get worse, and the tooth will eventually die. This can cause excruciating pain and discomfort, too, as the nerves and blood vessels in the pulp decay. You may even be at risk of the infection spreading throughout your mouth and body, which can be life-threatening.

When an infection is left untreated and the tooth dies, it may have to be replaced, usually with a dental implant. This is a much more complex, invasive, and costly procedure compared to endodontic care like a root canal. By getting care for an infected tooth early, you can avoid these complications and save time and money.

What Are My Treatment Options?

The treatment that’s right for you will vary, depending on your case. However, the most common treatment for an adult infected tooth is root canal therapy. This endodontic treatment involves cleaning out the inside of your tooth, sanitizing it, and filling it with an inert material to relieve your pain and discomfort, and preserve your tooth for the years to come. To prevent further damage, we recommend booking a consultation as soon as possible. Click the button below to learn more about our “Save Your Tooth” consultations.

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Signs & Symptoms of an Infected Tooth

Recognizing the Issue

Sensitivity to Hot/Cold Foods/Drinks

If you have a cavity or an infected tooth, one of the first things you may notice is sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. Your tooth may feel tender or sore when you consume these beverages and foods. You may also experience this when you eat very sugary foods. This is a sure sign of tooth decay.

Pain or Discomfort When Chewing

If you feel pain or discomfort when chewing on a routine basis, particularly around a single tooth, this is an indicator that the tooth may be damaged or infected, and you should get help from an endodontist right away.

Prolonged Toothache

A toothache that lasts 1-2 days or longer and gets worse over time is one of the most common indicators of a tooth infection. Tooth pain is your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong, so you need to get help ASAP.

Discolored Gum Tissue or Tooth

Due to the infection, the gum tissue around the tooth may be inflamed, puffy, and discolored. In some cases of advanced tooth infections, the tooth itself may even be discolored and look grayish, yellow, light brown, or another abnormal color.

Did You Know…

Tooth infections are one of the leading causes of premature tooth loss. Get the help you need to restore your smile! If you want more information regarding our services, take a look at our frequently asked questions.

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